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Holiday EntertainingThe holidays are rapidly approaching and before you know it, your doorbell will be ringing as your friends and family arrive for your annual holiday gatherings. Do you have a lengthy to do list of things you would like to improve or spruce up before your guests arrive? Here are some quick and easy ways to get your home ready for the holidays without too much effort.

  • Deep clean your home way before your guests arrive. Don’t wait to clean after you have done everything else or you will never get to it. Doing a major clean now will make it easier for you to touch up at the last minute.
  • Keep your decorations simple and understated no matter who is coming to your home. This isn’t the time to cover every surface and decorate like you are competing for
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120 Peace HavenReady to Escape? If you are looking for a weekend escape or a daily hideaway, this home is ideal for you. With three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath, this tucked away home has plenty of space for you. Sitting on 0.868 acres, the lot is covered with majestic oaks and loblolly pines and offers a rustic style home that any nature lover would want to call home.

120 Peace HavenThe kitchen offers plenty of counter space and cabinets for storage and has a built-in desk right next to it for a homework or household bill station. The master bedroom suite offers a walk-in closet and private bath plus access to the porch. Knotty pine cabinets and exposed beams add to the rustic feel of the home.

The outside offers a spacious covered porch downstairs plus an upper

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Red, White and Blue BanquetThe 15th annual Red, White and Blue Banquet will take place on Saturday, November 10th. The annual event started in 2004 to raise funds for Veterans organizations in Bastrop Country and has since expanded to include the Bastrop and Elgin Navy Junior ROTC programs.

The event will include dinner and a variety of activities including raffle tickets and a 50/50 cash drawing, photo booth, a performance by the Honor Choir, display of military memorabilia and Guest Speaker Lieutenant Colonel Daphany Prewitt. Tickets start at $20 for Veterans and spouses and can be purchased online.

When: Saturday, November 10 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut Street

For more information, click here.

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop

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Home priceEveryone keeps telling you how great the real estate market is but now that your home is for sale, you aren’t so sure. You did everything your real estate agent suggested before you listed your home for sale but 60 days later, you have had no offers and only one showing. The one person that looked at it said it was fine but they found another house they liked better. While it’s possible and maybe even likely there are better homes available then yours, how do you know if there is more to it than that?

Without prospective buyers looking at your home, it’s hard to know what is wrong with it, if anything. Here are some things to consider. If you have strong showing activity but no one has made an offer, review the feedback you have received from showings.

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106 FairwayYou will love calling this ColoVista home yours from the moment you step inside. This full brick home features three bedrooms, two full baths and 2,053 square feet of living space with many options for you to enjoy.

This home has been meticulously maintained and offers many upgrades that you will appreciate. Recent kitchen updates include Silestone quartz countertops, KitchenAid quiet dishwasher and microwave plus a kitchen island with extra storage and room to work. Other recent changes include energy-efficient tilt windows, luxury vinyl plank floors, gutters and interior paint. The master bath includes a separate tub and glass shower.106 Fairway

The home sits on a corner lot with views of the #8 fairway and has a nicely landscaped yard for you to enjoy. The

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Bastrop Community Wide Garage SaleThe Bastrop Community Wide Garage and Estate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with a special sneak peek of the sale on Friday, November 2.  The sneak peek will take place Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and will require a $10 entry fee.

The sale takes place at the Bastrop First Baptist Church Building. The sale supports two missions by providing much needed offerings at low prices to area families as well as raising funds to support the operations of the Bastrop County Historical Society’s Museum and Visitor’s Center. Quality merchandise is donated for the sale from a wide variety of individuals and includes clothing, baby items, medical equipment, toys, home goods, sporting equipment jewelry, vintage and antique

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buying a houseWhen you are ready to buy your next Bastrop home, there is so much that you will need to think about as you move through the process. You should rely on your agent for lots of advice as you work through the many steps that you will need to go through but here are eight great tips to help keep you on track.

  1. Don’t rush if you are trying to find the perfect house. You may have a specific time frame you need to buy a house in but don’t push it too much if you are looking for your long term home.
  2. Take the time to complete the necessary inspections on the property.
  3. Base the purchase price of the home on the most recent comparable sales not on what you would like to pay.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of all the professionals you are working
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299 Nink This beautiful Smithville property is made up of 56.37 acres with fencing on three sides and is located between Austin and Houston making the location an ideal place to be situated. Sitting in the country, this property offers a mixture of pasture and wooded acreage. The front of the property features the pasture land with heavily wooded acreage in the rear. The wooded land is covered with oaks and other hard woods and home to a pond.

The property is AG exempt for cattle grazing. With Bluebonnet Electric and Aqua Water available, the possibilities for this property use are endless. You will enjoy the privacy of the setting while taking advantage of all this property has to offer.299 Nink

To see more information about the property or view more photos, click

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Pumpkin PaintinPumpkin painting can be so much fun but so messy. Take the mess and work out of pumpkin painting and only enjoy the good part when you paint your pumpkin at Sugar Shack this year. Purchase your ticket online in advance then show up at your selected time to paint and decorate your pumpkin, enjoy a treat or two then head home with your creation and leave all of the mess behind for someone else to clean up.

The Sugar Shack will host three sessions of Pumpkin Painting on Saturday, October 27th at noon, 1 and 2. Tickets are limited so go ahead and purchase your tickets before all of them are gone.

When: Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at various times

Where: Sugar Shack, 114 Loop 150 W, Bastrop, TX

For more information, visit here.

The Janis Penick

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Gallery WallTrends come and go all the time and unless you want to update your Bastrop home every couple of years, it is best to stick with classic styles and colors that have stood the test of time. If you don’t know where to start, it might be easier to eliminate some items you definitely don’t want to show up in your house now. Here are some trends to avoid next time you make updates.

  • Wallpaper borders. In different times, these have shown up at the top of the wall and even in the middle. Chair rail or crown molding will both make a classic statement that will not disappoint even in a few years’ time.
  • Wicker furniture on the inside of your home. While whicker on the patio or front porch will never go out of style, keep it out of your house.
  • Vertical
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